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Milan defender Theo Hernandez backed coach Stefano Pioli after the win over Empoli and explained his use of central defender in recent weeks.
The Rossoneri looked calm and collected as they took on the Azzurri at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Sunday afternoon, claiming a relaxed 3-0 victory. Although a natural left-back, Hernández has been increasingly used as a central defender in AC Milan’s four-man defense in recent weeks, helping the club cope with the injury crisis. Regular central defenders such as Fikayo Tomori, Pierre Kalulu and Malick Thiaw have all been sidelined by various physical problems. “We had a bit of a difficult and complicated period, but when you win, you’re happy. We never listened to what others said, we worked hard and that’s why we won. We have a lot of injuries, so the coach asked me if I could play as a central defender, and I said I’d be happy to help. We’ve always been with him, we don’t listen to what people say. The whole team is with the coach, and we’re with him all the way. We’ve lost points we shouldn’t have, the last few months have been complicated and now we’re winning again. We need to keep going, looking at what needs to be done day by day,” the French international told Sky Sports Italia via TMW.